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Supreme Court Bar Association

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: IE

 Context: The Supreme Court has reserved one-third of the seats in the Supreme Court Bar Association’s executive committee for women.

  • This means at least 3 out of 9 positions in the committee and 2 of 6 senior executive member posts will be reserved for women.


Status of women in the higher judiciary: 

Out of 268 judges ever appointed in the Supreme Court since independence, only 11 have been women. Justice Fathima Beevi was the first woman judge appointed to the Supreme Court in 1989. According to the India Justice Report 2022, women make up 35% of judges in subordinate courts but only 13% in High Courts. Additionally, only 15% of practising lawyers are women.


The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) is an Indian bar association representing practising lawyers of the Supreme Court of India.